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From Education to Advocacy

A logical next step for this site.


Once again I'm "retired" and have time to spend working on this site. It's been a hard 4 months but I made it and I'm stronger for it. Being homeless was never a reality I had to face before nor one I want myself, or anyone else, to ever face again. Needless to say, it took a bit to settle in again and during that time I've spent some long hours just surfing the internet. I've learned a few things along the way and seen some trends as well.


What did surfing the Internet teach me?


There's a lot of information available for people who are going through or have survived domestic violence. This includes information for those who are supporting them. However, there aren't many opportunities for people who don't currently know someone who's being abused or has just recently escaped abuse. This is something that needs to change. Therefore, the direction of this site is going to change in order to help those who want to end domestic violence get active in doing so.


I believe that I've already shared enough information that we should all understand what domestic violence is. This was very important for the initial stages of this site. However, I believe that now that we have this information that's formed a common ground or "foundation" it's time for us to move forward. It's time for us to rally together and take action.


Where are we going and what will we achieve?


I have many different plans for this site and many different ways in which you can get involved. I plan to find and create many more. I also plan to share information that won't require much time at all from those whose lives are already filled to capacity. (Please trust that I understand how blessed I am to make this site my full-time mission.)


To this end I'll be creating resources that you can share (e.g., pamphlets, brochures, etc.), a training site for those who wish to delve deeper into advocacy with me, and blog posts about how you can be an advocate. I'll also be volunteering more time to help other organizations who are on the front lines of helping those who've been battered.


These are just a few of the many ways I see this site growing. It is my hope that through our work we can save at least one person from being abused. I know that ending domestic violence is a monumental act but just one person means a lot. Won't you join me in this movement?


If you don't have the time to get involved in volunteering, I encourage you to consider making a donation to Healing Family Trauma Pittsburgh. There's a lot of other work that goes on behind the scenes here. You can help support my work by either purchasing a wreath or making a monetary donation.


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